Director, Health System Improvement (Primary & Community Care)
Lara joined the Council in November 2021. Prior to this, she was the Primary Care Network Program Manager in Chilliwack and Fraser Health Rural. Lara is experienced developing interdisciplinary care teams and has led innovative coordinated care initiatives in hospitals, community health centres, health authorities and community service organizations which demonstrate improvements in patient and provider experience.
Some of Lara’s greatest professional joy has come from facilitating collective impact responses for individuals facing significant barriers to health. She has designed and collaborated on many initiatives for refugees, justice-involved individuals, people living with HIV/AIDS and individuals experiencing homelessness. Lara’s passion for team-based care comes from her own lived experience as a young adult cancer patient and survivor. Through this life-changing personal experience, she became aware of the gaps and opportunities which exist for patients dealing with complex health challenges and became committed to improving the quality of care for others.
Originally from Toronto, Lara has also had the privilege of supporting stronger health and community services in Latin America and East Africa. Through this work, she was exposed to culturally diverse approaches to both wellness and development. She holds a master’s degree in Adult Education and Community Development, specializing in Comparative International Development, from the University of Toronto and has trained in health care quality improvement.
Lara was thrilled to move to BC in 2020 to work on implementing the province’s primary care transformation strategy. Outside of work, Lara is passionate about cycling as a means of both connecting to nature and maintaining her health and wellness. She rides 10,000km a year, rain or shine!